Sunday, April 5, 2009
A bill to lift the 47-year-old travel ban to Cuba would be unveiled by a group of senators and other supporters.
Efforts were made for years to lift the ban but lacked the votes in Congress or a president who supported the measure. Now, with Democrats holding majorities in both houses of Congress and controlling the White House, supporters said they believe their chance is at hand.
Diplomatic relations were broken by The United States with Cuba in 1961, two years after Fidel Castro assumed power. In 1962, the United States established a trade embargo. Both policies remain in place.
President Obama has indicated he favors changes in U.S.-Cuba policy but has not offered details. Cracks in the policy have started to develop though.
The move is a way for the Obama administration to start thawing relations with Cuba before the Fifth Summit of the Americas brings together the U.S. president and 33 other leaders from the Western Hemisphere in mid-April in Trinidad and Tobago stated Analyst.